Personnel from HMAS Cairns were on hand to help Life Education with their annual 'Ocsober' campaign in Cairns on 1 October.
Sailors onboard HMAS Tarakan threw 450 flowers into the sea, representing the number of Australian lives that will be lost during the month of October as a result of alcohol related causes.
Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Tony Powell, said the base was pleased to get behind the important campaign.
“Educating children on a healthy lifestyle is important and ‘Ocsober’ raises awareness and money for this endeavour through Life Education,” Commander Powell said.
“This year’s theme of ‘will power’ is all about using self-discipline in the interests of a healthier lifestyle. For Navy, being healthy is vital as it impacts our ability to fight and win at sea.”
“Cairns is proud to be doing our bit to help. Across the country Navy personnel are sending the messages that encourage a healthy lifestyle, with swim and spin-a-thons and pedometer challenges being held,” Commander Powell said.
Life Education is a national not-for-profit organisation that educates Australian children on healthy lifestyles. This year they hope to raise $1 million for their drug, alcohol and health education programs, which are delivered to 600,000 school students annually.
The ‘Ocsober’ campaign encourages people to abstain from alcohol for a month to raise funds and awareness for children's education. The Royal Australian Navy's involvement in the national campaign was launched in Canberra on 25 September and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs is an official 'Ocsober' Ambassador in 2014. You can support individuals or teams taking part by sponsoring them at http://www.ocsober.com.au/.